This Multiple Format 8x12 will be built and tested within the next few months. I expect to learn a lot from it- specifically, this is a production prototype which builds on lessons learned from the 'proof of concept' C1117 prototype which you can read about here on the design pages. I hope to be able to build these in the USA, in small batches.
In the world of large format photography, few cameras deviate very far from the accepted types. The last time there was a paradigm shift was when Dick Phillips designed and produced the Explorer, a camera which has often been copied and which is highly prized by collectors.
This camera system will be a truly groundbreaking design, in terms of its usability and lightness, and in its execution, build quality, and handling, and should be of interest to those who expect to use a large format camera any further than a few feet from the trunk of their car.
In short, my intention is to make the very best large format field camera ever built, in sizes 8x10 and over. 5x7 and 4x5 may come later. Of course, the user will be the judge of whether the camera is successful (or not) in that aim but I need to state my level of ambition for it at the outset.
The process of making pictures using cameras and lenses this large is not an easy one, it requires commitment. Those who persevere find it rewarding.
This is a Large Format Field Camera re-imagined for now, an interpretation of how the design of the large format camera might have developed had it not been passed over by the inevitable march of progress and convenience.
You will not be surprised to hear that I expect the quantity of cameras produced will be very limited; please use the contact page on this site if you would like to be kept informed about availability.
joseph burns | New York | 2015
I’ve probably read it, taken it on board, and used it to inform the design of these cameras. I thank you…